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Tatum to get her day in court

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Tatum to get her day in court

The last Wood Buffalo Council meeting of 2016 might also be the last meeting for Councillor Colleen Tatum.

She will be in court this Thursday, where it will be decided by a judge if she is still eligible to have a seat on council.

Back in March of this year, council became aware that Tatum failed to pay her 2015 property taxes, set at $6,700. She would go on to admit the lapse but says it was an honest mistake by a staffer at her business, and has since repaid the money.

In an interview with Mix News back in March, Councillor Sheldon Germain said this situation has put council in an embarrassing position.

“It’s quite clear in the MGA and LAEA that the councillor should resign, and it’s clear in the MGA that there’s an issue of disqualification here.”

This is a violation of the Municipal Governance Act and Local Authorities Election Act.

Council referred Tatum to the courts, after a vote of 8-1. Councillor Jane Stroud, the only one against the idea, was worried taxpayers would have to pay for her day in court.

After discussions with solicitors, it was suggested that it would only last half-a-day and cost $5,000.

A court date had been set earlier in the year but due to the evacuation most court appearances had been pushed back.

Tatum will be in the Fort McMurray Courthouse Thursday morning.

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